Roe V. Wade Lawyer Who Argued Original Case Passes Away Suddenly

( )- Sarah Weddington, who was the attorney who successfully argued the Roe v. Wade abortion case to the Supreme Court, died on Sunday. She was aged 76.

Speaking to the Texas Tribune, former Weddington student Susan Hays explained how the famed lawyer passed away in her sleep in Austin, Texas. The exact cause of her death is still unknown but it is reported that she had been in poor health for some time.

Weddington was 26 years old when she first argued the case in front of the Supreme Court in 1971. She argued the case for a second time in 1972, resulting in a 7-2 ruling that made abortion legal nationally. The law technically only allows for a child to be aborted before it becomes “viable,” but the definition of “viable” has been hotly contested since.

A statement on her passing was issued by the Greater Texas branch of Planned Parenthood, a women’s health and fertility organization that is also the biggest provider of abortions in the country. The statement described Weddington as a “key figure in the abortion rights movement.”

Abortion rights? Abortion has never been a right.

“Her fight at the Supreme Court secured our right to abortion with Roe v. Wade…We are fortunate for leaders like her, and will continue to honor her legacy in our fight for reproductive rights,” the statement added.

Weddington also serves in the Texas state House of Representatives between 1972 and 1977 as a Democrat.